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Going to the pool or beach? Water safety tips for you and your family

Summer is almost here and a trip to the beach, lake or pool is always fun for everyone. Even if your child knows how to swim, there are hazards associated with pools, spas, lakes and the beach. A child can drown quickly and quietly. Take some steps to keep it safe. Drowning occurs both when adults are not present—when a child has left the house unnoticed and … [Read More...]

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Pennsylvania PTA: Let’s Get Engaged! Convention Campaign

Faced with the challenge of motivating more volunteers to take advantage of the wealth of advocacy resources from National PTA, the Pennsylvania PTA planned a “campaign caper” to launch at the April 2015 convention in Erie, PA. The campaign’s purpose was threefold: Encourage delegates to subscribe to the National PTA e-advocacy platform called … [Read More...]

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New Data Analysis Reveals Disparities Between State Tests and NAEP

Today, Achieve, a national education advocacy nonprofit, released an analysis comparing proficiency rates in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math as reported by states to the same data measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Discrepancies were found between the percentage of students reported as proficient by states and the number of … [Read More...]

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Youth Leading the Way: An American Tradition

In the coming weeks, we’ll see a new generation of youth graduate and move into higher education classrooms and the workforce. But at this nostalgic and celebratory time of year, how are we helping to ensure we’re building a healthy, high-achieving generation of youth to follow? At GENYOUth, the organization I’m proud to lead, we view youth themselves as the … [Read More...]

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4 Things You’ll See at #PTAconv15!

There won't be a royal baby, but there will be fun in the Queen City for Convention. Here are four things to check out in Charlotte! 1. Hear from the Teacher of the Year Last week, we honored Shanna Peeples for her recognition by the Council of Chief State School Officers as the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. Peeples will address attendees during the 2015 … [Read More...]

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Why Teachers Deserve Our Praise and Our Support

This week has been designated Teacher Appreciation Week, in honor of teachers and the important contributions they make to ensure every child succeeds in school and beyond. While our public education system has changed a lot over the years, two factors remain—teachers are essential to student growth and achievement, and it is vital that they have our … [Read More...]